We are on a mission to create conversations that matter. As often as possible and wherever possible.
A conversation has a way of opening doors we didn’t know existed. It helps us solve problems. It’s a relationship booster. Conversation enables us to heal, change the world, transform ourselves.
Yet not all conversations matter.
We have all endured meetings that were a waste of time, heard uninspired elevator pitches, and attended social events that made us wish we had stayed home.
What distinguishes a conversation that matters from idle chit-chat?
Think back to a time when you attended a networking event, a lunch with friends, or a community meeting — a time where you walked away knowing that you truly connected with someone.
This is what having a conversation that matters feels like. Remember?
Everyone has seen E.T., right?
Remember how Elliot and E.T. reach out to one another and touch fingertip-to-fingertip?
The characters are never seen acting out this exact pose, but in the middle of the movie, Elliott cut his finger and E.T. was right there to heal him by touching his finger to Elliott’s.
The magic of human communication is that something other than mere information is being transmitted — something more intangible yet more real. Intimacy. Energy. Vulnerability. Authenticity. Light. Call it what you want, but acknowledge the power.
Conversations that matter require a different set of skills than idle chit-chat, elevator pitches, and the minutia of our day. And lots of practice.
How do you practice if you have a hard time starting conversations in the first place?
For starters, aim to enter a conversation with the thought that you’ll learn something. Engaging with curiosity is helpful.